We found 36 pain specialists who accept Blue Shield of California near Garden Grove, CA.

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Dr. Shalini Suresh Shah, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Shalini Shah sees patients in Irvine, CA and Orange, CA. Her medical specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. Her education and training includes medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine and residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Shah's distinctions include: Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association; FAER scholar; and grant - American Society of Anesthesiology. Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Hindi. She is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Medication Management, Lower Back Pain, Intrathecal Pain Pump Implantation, Chronic Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rakhi Kawatra, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Rakhi Dayal practices anesthesiology and pain medicine in Los Angeles, CA, Orange, CA, and Tustin, CA. She attended medical school at Maulana Azad Medical College. Dr. Dayal's medical residency was performed at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Her areas of expertise include the following: complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), spinal pain, and neuropathic pain. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Headache, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Spinal Pain, Cancer Pain, Neuropathic Pain, Pain ... (Read more)

Dr. Kevin Todd Toliver, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1809 East Dyer Road; Suite 311
Santa Ana, CA
 

Dr. Kevin Toliver, who practices in San Diego, CA and Santa Ana, CA, is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). These areas are among his clinical interests: pain management and anesthesia. The average patient rating for Dr. Toliver is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net. Dr. Toliver (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Persian. Dr. Toliver is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Anesthesia, Pain Management

Dr. Danielle Perret Karimi, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
333 City Boulevard W; Suite #2150
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Danielle Karimi specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Karimi accepts. Dr. Karimi's education and training includes medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Graduate Medical Education Service Award; Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association; and Southern California Rising Stars. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Karimi is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Cancer Pain, Pelvic Pain, Spine Problems, Chronic Pain, Neuropathic Pain, Pain Management

Dr. Ariana Marie Marciniec, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Ariana Nelson practices anesthesiology and pain medicine in Tustin, CA, Irvine, CA, and Orange, CA. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include UC Irvine Health Gottschalk Medical Plaza and UC Irvine Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nelson honors. She studied medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. She trained at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for her residency.

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Clinical interests: Hip Pain, Nerve Problems, Knee Pain, Chronic Back Pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Fractures

Dr. Medhat Fouad Mikhael, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
16787 Beach Boulevard; Suite 276
Huntington Beach, CA
 

Dr. Medhat Mikhael is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mikhael's hospital/clinic affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He graduated from Mansoura University Faculty of Medicine. He speaks Arabic.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
11190 Warner Avenue; Suite 305
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Reza Mahrou is an anesthesiology and pain medicine specialist in Fountain Valley, CA, Irvine, CA, and Santa Ana, CA. He has a special interest in pain management. Dr. Mahrou's professional affiliations include VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and Saddleback Memorial Medical Center. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at St. George's University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Mahrou is conversant in Persian.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. Navid Alem, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Navid Alem works as an anesthesiologist and pain specialist in Orange, CA and Laguna Niguel, CA. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alem accepts. He is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He speaks Persian. Dr. Alem is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center.

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Dr. Armen Garo Chalian, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1100 W Stewart Drive
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Armen Chalian sees patients in Orange, CA and Santa Ana, CA. His medical specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. He speaks Armenian. In Dr. Chalian's practice, he is particularly interested in pain management. He is affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, CA) and Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's). He attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Chalian completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chalian takes.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Specializes in Interventional Pain Medicine
9896 Garden Grove Boulevard
Garden Grove, CA
 

Dr. Carson Ling, who practices in Downey, CA and Garden Grove, CA, is a medical specialist in interventional pain medicine. Dr. Ling has a special interest in pain management. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. He is conversant in Mandarin. Dr. Ling is professionally affiliated with PIH Health.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. Jane C Ahn, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Jane Ahn is an anesthesiologist and pain specialist. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. Dr. Ahn's professional affiliations include UC Irvine Health Gottschalk Medical Plaza and UC Irvine Medical Center.

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Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
9940 Talbert Avenue; Suite 101
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Neil Soni's areas of specialization are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine; he sees patients in Fountain Valley, CA. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His clinical interests encompass pain management. Dr. Soni takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Soni is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and a graduate of Loma Linda University Medical Center's residency program. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. Chiwai Eddy Chan, DO
Specializes in Physiatry, Interventional Pain Medicine
11160 Warner Avenue; 417
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Chiwai Chan works as a physiatrist and interventional pain specialist in Fountain Valley, CA and Laguna Hills, CA. He has received a 1.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and pain management. Dr. Chan is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Chan honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. His medical residency was performed at Stanford Hospital & Clinics.

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Dr. Shermeen B Vakharia, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Shermeen Vakharia specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine and practices in Orange, CA and Irvine, CA. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vakharia accepts. She studied medicine at Aga Khan University Medical College. For her residency, Dr. Vakharia trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. She has received the following distinction: Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association. Dr. Vakharia (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu and Gujarati. She is affiliated with UC Irvine Health Gottschalk Medical Plaza and UC Irvine Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Anesthesia, Pain Management

Specializes in Physiatry, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Pain Medicine
18111 Brookhurst Street; Suite 3100
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. William Barreto's areas of specialization are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation), hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), and pain medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Barreto is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Barreto attended medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Dr. Barreto is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
3033 W Orange Avenue
Anaheim, CA
 

Dr. Bich Dang is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. She works in Anaheim, CA. In addition to English, she speaks Vietnamese. Dr. Dang studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. She accepts Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance.

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What is Pain Medicine?

Pain medicine is a specialty closely related to, but separate from, anesthesiology. Whereas anesthesiologists typically work to relieve a patient’s pain during surgery or another medical procedure, pain medicine specialists work to relieve their patients’ pain as they are out living their lives.

Pain medicine specialists treat patients who have acute or chronic pain. The pain may be a symptom of their problem (e.g. they are hurting because they were in a car accident), or the pain may be the problem itself (e.g. they are having migraine headaches). The pain specialist’s goal is to prevent pain from interfering with a patient’s quality of life.

Pain medicine specialists must have a thorough understanding of the physiology of pain, how it is caused, and what effects it has on the body. A good pain medicine specialist is able to evaluate patients who are hurting and who may not always be able to communicate their problems very well. To gain more information about their patients’ condition, pain medicine physicians can interpret specialized imaging tests. Using this information, pain medicine specialists must be able to prescribe a balanced treatment plan.

There are several treatments that pain medicine specialists may use to alleviate pain for their patients. They can prescribe medication, perform certain procedures, and refer patients to rehabilitation services. Often they will recommend multiple treatment methods to be used simultaneously. Some of these pain treatments include:
  • Implantable devices (intrathecal pump, spinal cord stimulator)
  • Injections (corticosteroids)
  • Medications (Percocet, Vicodin)
  • Nerve blocks (anesthetic injected into a nerve)
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery
  • Alternative medicine therapies, such as biofeedback, acupuncture, and hypnosis

Being in pain takes away your enjoyment of life. It can lead to depression and stop you from engaging in even everyday activities. Because pain can’t be seen or tested for, it is sometimes overlooked by others. A pain medicine specialist works to safely restore your quality of life.
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